A raging fire ripped through a home on East 4th Street this morning.
The city fire department and several others were called to the large, Victorian-style home on the corner of McLellan Avenue shortly after 8:30 a.m., Deputy Chief Al-Farid Salahuddin said.
Flames were seen gutting the second and third floors, with smoke visible in the sky miles away. Salahuddin said one of the residents was hanging out a second-floor window when firefighters arrived and helped him break his fall.
“It was a little dramatic, so that got everybody pumped to make sure that they recovered him safely,” he said. A man who did not want to be identified said he lives there with his mother and grandfather. He said he is fine and his grandfather went to the hospital with a foot injury.
He said he and his grandfather were home at the time, but he doesn't know how the fire started. The man said he opened his second-floor bedroom door this morning and saw the hallway engulfed in flames.